The Hug Blanket

One day, Dad told me that Nana had died suddenly.
I didn’t know what to do. Everything felt wrong.
People said she had gone to a better place.
I wondered how she could go to a place that was better than here with me.

Nana made hug blankets for all her family. Each one is special. We love our Nana.

A joyful story of family, love and loss… but above all else, love.

Written by Chris Gurney and illustrated by Lael Chisholm

$21.50 incl. GST

2 in stock

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For young readers aged 3 to 7.

  • A book to help children understand grief
  • Chris Gurney’s sensitively written prose shows children it’s okay to feel sad, and that we can find comfort in simple things
  • Beautifully illustrated by Gavin Bishop Award-winning illustrator Lael Chisholm


NZ Booklovers ~ The story is full of love and gently approaches a tricky topic that many of our little people have to navigate. The little girl reacts in realistic ways to her grief and the navigation of those days after a death. Chris Gurney is honest and open with the process that many children can find uncomfortable or overwhelming. A funeral and cemetery are depicted in the story. She uses senses throughout the story, making it easy for little readers to identify them while also helping them put their feelings into words. Read the full review.

NZ Booklovers also has a Q&A with Chris Gurney and Lael Chisholm.

About the Kiwi creators

Chris Gurney is the author of numerous picture books, a large number of them part of the popular Kiwi Corkers series from Scholastic NZ, which retells well-known tales with a New Zealand flavour. Her stories are told with a faultless sense of rhyme and rhythm and show great humorous talent. Chris lives in North Auckland with her family.

Lael Chisholm has loved drawing ever since she was old enough to hold a pencil. After years of scribbling and doodling at school, home and any other place where a pen and paper was handy, she decided to call her scrawls art, and to share them with the world. Nowadays she spends her free time drawing at her home in Palmerston North.

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